In development, see my
photos to give yourself an idea
|Look around the
temples, there's always someone pleased enough to take you around the
temples for a mantra (and a donation).
There's a museum in Jageshwar with some old artefacts inside.
Go for a walk. Great walks to try-
Wander the Cedar forest around Jageshwar- lots of small paths that are fine just to wander on although no way-marked walks. Nice walk up to the ridge at Briddh Jageshwar, and if you're lucky you may get to see the mountains from the top.
Briddh Jageshwar to Binsar. There's a few place to stay on the ridge above Jageshwar now. It's can be a great place for a view in the mornings, when the Himalaya view is often at its clearest. If you're lucky enough to be up here at dawn on a clear day you can watch the snowy peaks light up with the sunrise. Then you could follow the ridge line to Binsar. It's not way-marked but fairly obvious if you've got a sense of direction and don't mind going all day. About halfway along the ridge drops down to the road and where you'll find a few Dhabas for a great lunch of Dhal, Veg, Rice, Chapati. If you walk to Binsar there's a government guesthouse at the end, but no easy way back to Jageshwar- you'll have to walk the way you came or drive back via Almora, but with a bit of waiting you should find a vehicle heading that way.
Loads of breathtaking treks further up in the mountains to glaciers (these don't start from Jageshwar). Most of the popular treks do not require a guide in my opinion- if you're an experienced walker and know your limits you should be fine. The treks from Lokharket are quite well supplied with Dhabas and lodges. The valley and treks around Munsyari are stunning, although I found some of the Munsyari locals appalling last time I was there, rather worryingly the worst of the bunch was the local policeman who seemed to want to extract baksheesh from me. The treks around Darchula are less easily accessible as you're supposed to have a permit to go near to the Chinese/TIbetan border. I tried to get a permit in Darchula and had no luck in doing this unless I paid for a guide to go with me. It's fine to have a walk up to the Ashram and back without a permit (see my pictures). This is near the starting point for the Mansarovar Yatra into China/Tibet to Kailas.
Meet the locals and sip chai.